The monk has achieved a near perfect pensive lotus position and held it for at least 200 years with very little decay except for a gray chalky skin.
Sokushinbutsu was viewed as the ultimate act of religious discipline, and was about probably the worst diet known to man, too.
The elaborate process started with 1,000 days of eating a special diet consisting only of nuts and seeds, while taking part in a regimen of rigorous physical activity that stripped them of their body fat.


The mummified body of a Buddhist monk was uncovered in the Songinokhairkhan province and sits in a meditative-like pose. Finally, a self-mummifying monk would lock himself in a stone tomb barely larger than his body, where he would not move from the lotus position. After the tomb was sealed, the other monks in the temple would wait another 1,000 days, and open the tomb to see if the mummification was successful.


If the monk had been successfully mummified, they were immediately seen as a Buddha and put in the temple for viewing.




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